C A [\ f A BOOK REVIEWS MID-LATITUD E ATMOSPHERIC DYNAMICS: A FIRST COURSE Jonatha n E. Martin, 2006, 336 pp., $178.00, hardbound, Wiley, ISBN 978-0-470-86464-7 he book Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Dynamics end of each chapter. But neither the problem sets nor is a marriage of two of the author's grand pas- the text emphasize math competency; they emphasize Tsions: synoptic meteorology and teaching. The conceptual understanding. Many students struggle to interpret the physical meaning of terms in an equa- result is a student-friendly yet rigorous textbook that accomplishes what no other textbook has done tion, such as the omega equation. Martin explains such interpretations superbly, and often graphically. before: while the quasigeostrophic (QG) and po- tential vorticity (PV) frameworks have long been Most of the figures were specifically drafte d for this book, in such a way that minimizes redundant in- established in the meteorological literature, this is the first textbook that uses these frame- formation. Many of the figures masterfully merge real data with conceptual ideas. works to diagnose frontal disturbances at a level readily accessible to undergraduate The figures are of sufficient quality for overhead projection in the classroom, and students. they are clearly explained in their
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